A Cultural Cornucopia Awaits You! See What Others Only Read About

A Cultural Cornucopia Awaits You! See What Others Only Read About

Unlike Native American events that take place in developed countries as a way to explain the practices of old to the on-lookers, in Mexico, the cultural traditions being displayed are taking place for the benefit of those living in the country at the time. Fortunately, Mexicans are not offended by travelers watching and/or participating in a traditional program as long as respect for the event is exhibited. 

Thousands of Options 

There are modern websites in English or Spanish that update events that take place every year in Mexico. It is a good idea to connect additionally with an expat blog in the area of the program to make sure something has not changed that might leave you disappointed. The tourist is not the reason for the events, the locals are, and that is what makes them so genuine and also what makes it possible for a traveler not to get the latest update. 

Two Cultural Highlights

The State of Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico, remains one of the most heavily populated Native Indian states. There are reported to be about 2,500 heritages in Mexico, but cultural distinctions have become diluted throughout time. Those tribes that settle in Oaxaca have taken a tough political stand against the government of Mexico. As a result, they have maintained a great deal of their cultural integrity. Visiting them anytime of the year is an option to see backstrap weaving and other native handicrafts. Visiting them on Christmas Eve is an extraordinary delight. Their parades with floats made of paper are beyond the imagination of those from a more developed country. 

The State of Guanajuato (GTO) houses San Miquel de Allende (SMA), home to over 70,000 expatriates. Anything a visitor could want to obtain is likely to be found in SMA. GTO is also the home of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, a city about an hour’s drive by car or bus from SMA. Every October the Cervantino Festival is held. A different country in the world and one additional state in Mexico are the guests. The numerous cultural events in GTO last about three weeks. During the rest of the year, there are numerous language schools, several universities, folk programs, and weekly university sponsored concerts (about $4 entry fees) with visiting conductors.   Conclusion

If you want to see the world’s culture as it was, it is not necessary to leave for Asia, Africa, or Europe. Our close neighbor, Mexico, has a great deal to offer. There are a multitude of options from which to choose. If cultural travel does not appeal to you, head on down to a warm, sunny weather in Puerto Vallarta. Lie on the beach while the rest of your group takes a bus to Guanajuato, Oaxaca, or thousands of other cultural “hot” spots before returning to join you in the warm sand. Don’t worry - tell the group that they won’t run out of Margaritas in Puerto Vallarta while they are busy traveling.

Written by 2Casa Expert:  Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie, author, speaker, and social scientist, is author of Empowering Spanish Speakers and other books to help understand the Latino culture. She has a BS and MS in business and an EdS and PhD in bilingual and special education and sociocultural studies. She lives in a native village in Central Mexico where she researches the Mexican culture and remodels a campesino home.